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  Forum Survey Results  
  Occupational Cancer
Recommendations Rated “Most Important” by Canadians
  1.   Apply precautionary principles in use of chemicals or agents in the workplace.  
  2.   Establish a cancer registry that is linked to occupations and industry groups.  
  3.   Employers and workers promote controls – Education at the source of exposures - health and safety awareness about carcinogens and occupational disease.  
  4.   Develop a national occupational disease (cancer) surveillance program.  
  5.   Ban asbestos use and ban the export of asbestos in and from Canada.  
  6.   Aggressive ingredient screening of cancer-causing chemicals used in the workplace by employers and substitute them out.  
  7.   Increase government research funds for epidemiological studies in occupational cancer.  
  8.   Expand the schedule for compensible occupational diseases through the establishment of a national occupational disease panel.  
  9.   Canadian infrastructure for identifying and streaming for restricted carcinogens – A process to promote and identify these chemicals.  
  10.   Legislation – Suppliers ought to be forced to substitute carcinogens with non-carcinogens.  
  11.   Gather and share Best Practices from other countries.  
  12.   Assistance for workers and industry to record work history.  
  13.   Secondary victims can occur - increased awareness of the impact of workplace chemicals on families and neighbourhoods.  
  14.   Community right to know bylaw across municipalities to allow the public to know what carcinogens and other chemicals are in their communities.  
  15.   A national survey of the pervasiveness of carcinogens should be publicly available.  
  16.   Privacy concerns – Need means to carry out occupational cancer studies and databases while respecting legitimate privacy right. Currently research is endangered.  
  17.   Fund a council solely for the review of occupational cancers – Information to be shared at all stakeholder levels including international.  
  18.   Mass campaign on carcinogenic substitution.  
  19.   Adopt public awareness (social marketing) approaches of used for anti-smoking and drinking and driving to promote cancer prevention.  
  20.   Promote a “prevent cancer” campaign – start in elementary school, continue to high school.  
  21.   Add topic of “occupational cancer” to secondary school curriculum.  
  22.   Develop Tri-partite model with public education.  

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